District 5 - Eveleth area

Last updated: 2016-12-05

CO Darrin Kittelson (Int?l Falls) reports pine marten and fisher trapping came to a close, along with fur registration being attended. A few more people were out attempting to harvest a deer with the use of a muzzleloader than the first weekend. Enforcement action for the week included lend/borrow trapping tags, over limit of pine marten, and importing deer into the state of Minnesota.

CO John Slatinski (International Falls #2) spent time monitoring muzzleloader deer hunting and trapping activity. Persistent fishermen are still finding a few fish on the Rainy River although the success rate has slowed down recently. Officer Slatinski took a report from a local trapper of sheep running loose in a heavily wooded area around the Galvin Line. The individuals stated they had to get a picture or they knew nobody would believe them. It is reported the sheep have been in the area for about a month. If anyone can provide contact information on a possible owner it will be appreciated. Fur registration was worked in Big Falls. Although the number of marten/fisher trappers was down, those who did try appeared to be mostly successful. Enforcement action was taken for various license and trapping violations.

CO Colleen Adam (Ray) worked small game/trapping issues, checked fishing activity and muzzleloader deer hunters. Contacts were made for motor vehicle use on snowmobile trail and attended training.

CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports monitoring area forest roads and checking public access sites. Some area lakes opened back up only to re-freeze no angling activity observed. Confiscated furs were sold.

CO John Velsvaag (Cook) checked trappers and muzzleloader hunters this past week. Trapping was difficult with the large snowfall and few muzzleloader hunters were seen. Officer Velsvaag received several calls about trapping and fishing regulations.

CO Marc Hopkins (Tower) spent the week working the muzzleloader season, and a primary focus on trapping with the fisher/marten/bobcat opener. The officer assisted with fur registration at the Tower DNR. A number of individuals were cited for trapping violations.

CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked ongoing deer, trapping, and small game seasons. The officer also registered bobcat, otter, fisher and marten furs. One trapper was cited for holdover furs from the past season. Deer baiting complaints continue to trickle in. The officer followed up on an investigation resulting in violations of failing to register deer, unlawful party hunting, and false application for a license. The officer located a suspect involved in a timber theft case, which was turned over to the US Forest Service for enforcement action. The officer also assisted the US Forest Service on a spruce top theft case. Other enforcement action was taken on transport loaded firearm, uncased firearm, and insufficient blaze orange.

CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) spent time patrolling the Virginia area for fisher & pine marten trappers during the short six day season. Very few sets were found and even fewer trappers were seen out. The fur registration was attended as well and the harvest appears to be down significantly. A few muzzleloader deer hunters were checked.

CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) checked fisher/marten trapping throughout the week, most reported few animals in the bag. Assisted Wildlife with fur registration and noted very few furs registered compared to past years. Time was spent following up on a past case dispositions.